A little bit of everything


At times in the last month or so I have felt a little like I’m juggling rather a lot and something is about to drop.  Things have continued to work out however even with agreeing to everything from random bits of freelance work, nights out and the usual round of climbing and skiing.  I havent posted in a while mainly because I have been a little busy but have still been getting out and about.  Just back from a mammoth trip down south for some school presentations and amazingly managed to line up climbing partners all over the place – finally some dry rock.  First of all, the end of last month.

IMG_0157Adam coming up his first winter route – Raeburns in Stob Coire nan lochain.  Great day on an absolute classic
IMG_0189Adams second winter route – Adam and Graham Dawson walking into Observatory Ridge in lots of snow.  This was a pretty big day with lots of long rope lengths of no gear to find only marginal belays.  Great fun.
IMG_0190Graham setting off up the second pitch.  Check out all that gear!
IMG_0195I think Grahams face says it all about the quality of his belay!

IMG_0208Checking out the emergency shelter on top of Ben Nevis.  Theres a door there somewhere!
IMG_0219Next up I thought I should really do some skiing before going on an “off piste performance” course.  Cousin Kirsty came over for the weekend for some great conditions at Nevis Range
IMG_0222Stunning  snow at Nevis Range

Then it was off down south for a rather long road trip.

IMG_0284First stop was the Wye Valley to get some climbing in with Giles Cranston.  I have continually ridiculed Giles for his inability to plan anything.  Giles I take it all back.  I met Giles and he had a plan!  We headed to Wintours leap for an afternoon and then hauled our gear to “Great Ledge” for the night.  Above – the sunset from great ledge after fitting 8 pitches of great rock into an afternoon!
IMG_0293Giles on the last belay of the day.
IMG_0314colMorning on the great ledge – we did get a bit concerned when search lights were sweeping the valley sides!
IMG_0380Next up I did a little work before Giles joined me again in Pembroke.  We ticked off “Preposterous tales” (photos on facebook) and then jumped on some other classics.  Above – Giles abseiling into “Blue Skies”

Giles on another classic VS at PembrokeIMG_0404

After a quick detour to the South Coast of England for more work I met Adam and Josh in North Wales.  Above Josh leading “Breaking the Barrier” an E1 at Holyhead Mountain.IMG_0415tw

Then Wen Zawn dried up and Adam and I went for a quick blast up the all time classic “Dream of White Horses” in between rain showers (well not quite inbetween!)  Photo courtesy of Josh – Adam leading off on the third pitch.


Finally today – Tobi Watson Skiing off Beinn an Dothaidh in the bridge of Orchy hills.  Absolutely amazing conditions on a great ski tour!

panfromtopView from the first summit.  We skied from Beinn Dorain then skinned up Dothaidh and then had two amazing runs down.

Now I dont have too much travelling to do over the next wee while till Hannah comes back from the UAE in 10 days!  Then hopefully some trips up north to Torridon and Skye.

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